Frequently Asked Questions
What is a barong?
Barong is short for Barong Tagalog, which translates to the clothing of the Tagalog people of the Philippines. The barong is the national garment of the Philippines, and it is considered formal wear for men. Barongs are the Filipino equivalents of suits and tuxedos. Click here for our blog post on why the barong is the national garment of the Philippines.
I love your shirts. How do I . . .
Barongs are NOT shirts. A tuxedo has similar elements to a suit, but it is much more than that. A barong has similar elements to a shirt, but it is much more than that. You would not and should not call a tuxedo a suit. You should never call a barong a shirt. Just call it a barong.
What is made-to-measure?
Made-to-measure is a way to make clothing where each garment is made to fit the measurements of each individual customer, often with some feature customizations. This is as opposed to ready-to-wear or off-the-rack, where garments are constructed to fit into sizes, which are the manufacturer's definition of an average customer's size.
Why don't you sell barongs in sizes?
All bodies are different and unique. Barongs that are sold in sizes generally do not fit well. People look and feel better wearing clothing when it is made especially for them.
Why do you charge so much for one barong?
Barongs in preset sizes cost less to manufacture than made-to-measure barongs, therefore they can be sold for a lower price. All of the barongs we sell are made-to-measure or custom, and they are only made after an order is placed. They are also all made by hand by artisans in the Philippines. All of our barongs are embroidered by a person, not by a machine. Our barongs take more time and effort to make, and, as a result, they cost more to make. Click here to see our blog post about how piña fabric is made.
Pineapple Industries customers also receive more. Pineapple Industries measures all of its customers, wherever they are in the US and Canada (see the How This Works section), to ensure a proper fit. All barongs are shipped for free. All traditional fit barongs include a chamisa de chino (traditional undershirt). All barong purchases come with a Pineapple Industries garment bag, as well, to carry your barong in.
Do you sell barongs in different colors?
We only sell barongs in the natural color of the fabric, which is usually ecru or off white. We do not offer barongs in dyed fabric because we believe that the best way to showcase and appreciate the painstaking hand embroidery is by keeping the fabric its natural color. Also, when you wear a barong in its fabric's natural color, it cannot be mistaken for any other garment. You will unequivocally be in a barong.
Why should I trust Pineapple Industries to make me a great barong?
Pineapple Industries is very experienced in fitting and styling barongs for people of various body types. As you can see in our product photos on this website and in our social media, the models look good and feel great in their Pineapple Industries barongs. Our barong artisans come from generations of embroidery and barong making tradition, and they are the best in the world. We will ensure that you always get a high quality barong for your money.
Which barong should I buy?
We sell jusi and cocoon barongs, which are both made of silk, and piña silk barongs, which are a blend of pineapple leaf fiber and silk. All are considered formal wear for men, and can be worn on occasions like weddings and banquets.
Jusi is smooth to the touch and thin, since it has no lining. It has a tight weave and is durable. It is the most breathable and comfortable of all our barong fabrics. Jusi is also the most affordable.
Cocoon has a weave similar to piña silk, except it is completely made of silk. It has a loose weave, and it is lined with organza. It is the most durable of our barong fabrics, and it is in the middle price range between jusi and piña silk.
Piña silk has super fine fibers, is coarse to the touch and it is lined with organza on the inside for a smooth and comfortable feel. It has a unique shine, and it has a loose weave. It is the most delicate barong fabric we offer. It is also the most expensive of the three fabrics.
Please note that all materials are very easy to rip if the barong is not put on, worn or taken off carefully. See below for how to put on and take off your barong without ripping it.
Piña silk barongs are considered more formal than jusi and cocoon. It is a custom in the Philippines that if you are the groom in a wedding, it is preferable to wear a piña or piña silk barong, much like it is preferable for a groom to wear a tuxedo (as opposed to a regular suit) under western wedding custom. Cocoon barongs are just about as formal as piña silk barongs because they look similar to them. Jusi barongs are analogous to suits. There will be posts on Pineapple Industries' social media and blog on barong etiquette and tips.
All of our barongs can be dressed down for a more casual look, like many of the pictures shown on our website and social media. It is really a matter of personal choice which type of barong you buy. People wearing our contemporary fit barongs really have less restrictions over how they can wear barongs. See next question and answer below.
Why are you making barongs for women? Aren't barongs for men only?
Barongs are traditionally known to be worn by men. The barong is the national garment of the Philippines, and it is not fair that it is only widely available to men. Barongs look great on women, too. Also, women wearing barongs is not a new thing. Women have been wearing barongs since barongs were first created. A more famous and recent example is Corazon Aquino, who wore barongs while she served as president of the Philippines.
Pineapple Industries wants to change a lot about the image of the barong and how it is worn. One of Pineapple Industries' goals is to make the barong widely accessible to everyone, regardless of gender, gender identification and gender expression. On this website, all embroidery designs are available in traditional fit (masculine) and contemporary fit (feminine) barongs. We welcome all people, regardless of gender, gender identification and gender expression, to shop all of our barong collections.
The barong etiquette or rules generally can be disregarded for our contemporary fit barongs. For instance, the models of our contemporary fit barongs wore whatever they wanted underneath their barongs, whereas the models of our traditional fit barongs had to wear chamisa de chino (undershirts) underneath. More barong etiquette and tips will be posted on our social media and our blog.
Are the barongs on this website all the barongs you sell?
No, more barongs will be added periodically. Plus, we sell custom made and bespoke barongs that are not available on this website. See our Special Sales section.
How do I put on and take off my fitted half open pechera (half button down) barong so that I do not rip it?
When putting your half open pechera (half button down) barong on, be very careful. Pretend like you're putting on a paper shirt. The material is very thin and easy to rip, plus the barong is fitted to your body. So, it's best to have someone put it on you and to put it on very slowly and carefully.
Unbutton all the buttons on the body and cuffs of the barong. Lift your arms straight above your head and slip the bottom of your barong down your arms, with your arms going into the sleeves, and then slide the barong down your torso slowly and carefully. As the barong sleeves go down to shoulder and arm level, you can lower your arms. When removing, lift arms straight above your head and pull on the sleeves and collar slowly and carefully upwards to remove.
If you have a full open pechera (full button down) barong, just put it on as you would put on a regular button up dress shirt, but put it on carefully because the fabric is still very delicate.
How do I clean and care for my barong?
Jusi, cocoon and piña silk are very thin and delicate barong fabrics. Do NOT ever rub or ring these fabrics. Do NOT ever dry clean your barong. Hand wash only.
Spot clean only as needed by running water over the dirty or soiled area (collar, arm pits, cuffs, stains, etc.), gently apply just enough gentle detergent or soap with your finger to cover the area to be cleaned and run water over the area to rinse the soap off. Repeat as needed. Do NOT rub or ring your barong. Tougher stains may require allowing water and applied soap to sit on stain for hours before rinsing. Hang barong to dry.
Only hand wash the entire barong if you absolutely have to, like if most or all of the barong has excessive sweat, dirt, stains or odor. Fill a tub, sink or basin with water and add a gentle clothing detergent or soap to make the water soapy. Pretreat stains with water and gentle detergent or soap as needed. Dip and move your barong around in the soapy water to clean. Rinse off soap by running water over the barong. Repeat as needed. Again, do NOT rub or ring your barong. Lay barong flat on a towel to dry.
To straighten wrinkles and creases in your barong, use a steamer. Do NOT ever iron barongs.
Is it advisable to own a piña or piña silk barong in a non-tropical environment?
While it is true that barong fabrics can become dry and brittle and eventually rip in non-tropical environments, like in the US and Canada, where there are dry seasons and conditions, you can avoid dryness and brittleness and preserve and extend the life of your barong by not ironing or dry cleaning it. Steaming your barong regularly before use and as much as possible during cold and dry seasons every year will preserve your barong and extend its life.
All piña silk barongs we offer have an organza lining. Even if some of the pineapple leaf fibers were to become worn or break, the lining would hold the barong together.